Protest held over NHS privatisation

Hundreds of spoof estate agent’s boards appeared across Lutterworth this week.

They were placed in front gardens across the town as symbols of a health campaign against the privatisation of the National Health Service.

Residents on at least six Lutterworth streets showed their support for the campaign on Monday with the fake “Cameron and Hunt” estate agency boards – a reference to Prime Minister David Cameron and health secretary Jeremy Hunt.

The boards proclaimed “The People’s NHS” and “Stop The Sale”.

Local campaign spokesman Mike Wailoo explained: “The signs are a gimmick really, but the message behind them is important; the health service is not for sale.”

Mr Wailoo, who himself worked in the NHS all his life, called it “a jewel in the crown for Britain”.

He said: “We want to live in a civilised country, where we look after people when they are ill and they don’t have to worry about paying for it.”

Campaigners are particularly concerned about the impact of the Transatlantic Trade Agreement (TTIP) on the NHS.

They are worried that once parts of the NHS are sold-off to foreign corporations, they will never again be in British hands.

Mr Wailoo called on the next Lutterworth MP, who will replace the retiring Tory Andrew Robathan in May, to support the NHS.

Mr Wailoo said: “They have to say ‘the NHS is not for sale’.”

The fake boards appeared in Greenacres Drive, Swift Way, Crescent Road, Spencer Road, Feilding Way and Peveril Road.

The action is the continuation of a growing nationwide movement by a group called The People’s NHS.

Since 2012 nearly 70 per cent of NHS contracts put up for sale have gone to the private sector, the campaigners claim.

Mr Wailoo said: “The people of Lutterworth are demanding David Cameron uses his veto to get the NHS out of the TTIP – hence the ‘stop the sale signs’.”